December Morning

December Morning


Susan Klabak

pastel on uart paper

15”w x 11”h

frame included - gold wood frame with an off-white archival quality mat and museum glass

dimensions with frame 23”w x 19”h

from the artist - I walk by these trees almost every day. This particular day the sun and shadows in the snow attracted my attention and the lichen on the bark of trees and the light patterns on the tree trunks inspired the painting.

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Susan Klabak's work hangs in national and international private and corporate collections. Her paintings have been exhibited in and received awards in juried regional, national, and international shows. Her work has appeared as cover art and in periodicals.

Born in Ohio, Klabak grew up on a small farm where she developed an appreciation for the land. She has lived in Michigan and Pennsylvania, currently residing near Wild Rose, Wisconsin, where she paints en plein air and from her lakeside studio. The lake views from her home and the surrounding forests, farm fields, and streams provide inspiration for her work. An appreciation for both the natural world and the pastel medium are reflected in her paintings.

Klabak's paintings are characterized by her personal and expressive interpretation of the landscape and her ability to go beyond reality and capture the essence of place, inviting dialog with the viewer. Close observation of her work reveals the minimal strokes used to convey a realistic, yet impressionistic, depiction of the landscape, allowing the viewer to fill in detail.

Klabak is a member of the Pastel Society of America, Wisconsin Plein Air Painters, Great Lakes Pastel Society, Pastel Society of Colorado, and Wisconsin Visual Artists.